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Old 10-25-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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linux boot usb


Hi all i'm new here, I have a question that bores me to some time.

Why some distro do not boot from usb? i mean to install.

Some example->

I can boot (to install) from usb: ubuntu, mint, mageia, fedora, arch, debian, crunchbang, slackware and others..

I can't boot (to install) from usb: CentOS, puppy, damn small linux, snowlinux, bodhi, os4, backbox, ariOS, and a lot more..

Someone can help me with that problems? thank you and sorry for my bad english
 
Old 10-25-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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What did you do to make the usb disk bootable?
 
Old 10-25-2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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USB Pendrive

1-format all pendrive FAT32 or NTFS

2-See also:

http://iso.linuxquestions.org/knoppix/knoppix-7.0.4/

3 - and http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

Good luck! o/
 
Old 10-25-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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1-format all pendrive FAT32 or NTFS

2-See also:

http://iso.linuxquestions.org/knoppix/knoppix-7.0.4/

3 - and http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

Good luck! o/
I'm sorry, what i have to do with knoppix?

Btw i use poweriso from windows or unetbootin or imagewriter or others, I format all distributions in the same way, someone starts and no other, always using the same programs

Two hours ago, I tested with mageia and snowlinux, same program, same format, mageia work, snowlinux don't work..

I've tested a lot distro, always by the same way, 30% work good, 70% don't boot

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:50 PM   #5
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There are four ways to make a usb.

One is to use a program that converts a live cd/dvd to a usb drive. That would be with or without persistent.

Another is a way to use a bit by bit copy of the iso to the drive. Such a dd command with a hybrid iso image.

Third is using grub or grub4dos or other program that can boot directly to an iso image.

Lastly is to install the OS to the usb. Almost all new distro's offer the ability to use a usb just as if it were a real scsi internal drive. DSL is not one of them, it uses the old ide hard drive as normal install so you may need to use a usb flash that can be changed to be viewed by bios as a usb-hdd or usb-zip.
 
Old 10-26-2012, 05:03 AM   #6
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There are four ways to make a usb.

One is to use a program that converts a live cd/dvd to a usb drive. That would be with or without persistent.

Another is a way to use a bit by bit copy of the iso to the drive. Such a dd command with a hybrid iso image.

Third is using grub or grub4dos or other program that can boot directly to an iso image.

Lastly is to install the OS to the usb. Almost all new distro's offer the ability to use a usb just as if it were a real scsi internal drive. DSL is not one of them, it uses the old ide hard drive as normal install so you may need to use a usb flash that can be changed to be viewed by bios as a usb-hdd or usb-zip.
Can explane me how to do that? maybe just the first or third way.. or the easiest to explane, i'm not so expert.

I will appreciate very much this help
 
Old 10-26-2012, 04:55 PM   #7
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First would be to use sites like www.pendrivelinux.com for examples. Other examples may exist at the distro's web site or forums. Usually it involves a program like universal usb creator or fedora's usb creator or unetbootin.

The pendrivelinux also has ideas on how to use grub4dos while you would have to search for how to use grub2 to boot.
 
Old 10-26-2012, 06:17 PM   #8
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thank you i'll try that ways
 
Old 10-26-2012, 09:13 PM   #9
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just sudo apt-get install unetbootin
 
  


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